Occupational Health and Safety Administration
Department of Labor
United States Government
The Story of OSHA (1980)
This film tells workers how OSHA was set up to stem the tide of disease, injury, and death, and what their rights are under the law. Explains how NIOSH conducts tests, how standards are set, and how OSHA investigates complaints. Produced and distributed by OSHA in 1980. Then in 1981, the incoming head of OSHA Thorne Auchter recalled and destroyed most copies. A few copies were kept alive by renegade union officials who refused to return their copies. The penalty for being discovered in possession of one of these films was loosing all OSHA funding for their safety and health programs.
This film was preserved through the years through the efforts of Mark Catlin, who made this and other censored OSHA films available for digitizing.
Produced, Directed and Written by: Glen Pearcy
Associate Producer: Betty Cohen
Executive Producer: Herbert Chao Gunther
Editor: Jim Furlong
Additional Writers: Betty Cohen, Alan Lewis, Matt Witt
Narrator: Lary Lewman
Editorial Consultant: Robert Dalva